Nancy Spain ʻUkulele Tab by Christy Moore

christy moore nancy spainHere’s a fun folk tune arranged for solo ʻukulele. This tab is of Nancy Spain by Christy Moore.

At one point I had a Skype student interested in playing Irish/Celtic folk arranged for ʻukulele. I’d figure out his requests in a simple solo fingerpicking style (when the melody and harmony is played together on one instrument). The “lilting” rhythm of this style seems like an ideal genre for teaching finger style ʻukulele.

Nancy Spain is a tune written by Barney Rush and made popular by Christy Moore.

It’s very simple, but demonstrates the basics of the solo fingerpicking style about as well as any other song I’ve played on ʻukulele. The harmony added on the 1 and 3 beats keeps the pulse of the song going and the melody works its way around the chords to create a nice, full sound.

To hit all the melody notes and keep the chords balanced you need a low G string.

By Brad Bordessa

I’m an ‘ukulele artist from Honoka’a, Hawai’i, where I run this site from a little plantation house in the jungle. I’ve taught workshops internationally, made Herb Ohta Jr. laugh until he cried, and once borrowed a uke to jam with HAPA onstage in my boardshorts. More about me

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